HR MacMillan Space Centre is located in Vanier Park next to Burrad Bridge and nearby Granville Island. In front of the space centre is an iconic giant crab sculpture standing in a fountain.
The crab was designed by Vancouver artist George Norris and built of welded stainless steel by Gus Lidberg in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday. The crab contains a time capsule in its belly to be open on Canada’s Bicentennial, July 1, 2067. According to Haida legend, the crab is the guardian of the entrance to the harbour. Shape of the roof of the museum resembles of native woven hat…not UFO.